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Veganic Farming Takes the Cruelty out of Agriculture

Hannah Sentenac: ‘Unfortunately for vegans, traditional fruit and and veggie farming typically utilizes animal-based ingredients like fish bits or bone meal in fertilizer. That fact is a bit of a buzzkill for anyone who wants to avoid hurting animals and insects. But tradition isn’t the only way to do things. Veganic farming refers to a different kind of practice that minimizes harm to all living beings. “Veganic farming is a way of sustaining ourselves without contributing to the death of other creatures,” explains Helen Atthowe, a veganic farmer who’s worked as an extension agent for Montana State university and horticulture research assistant for Oregon State University. “It is about nonviolence to the earth, animals, birds, insects, amphibians and to ourselves”…

So how does veganic farming work? “As in certified organic farming, there are no synthetic pesticides, no artificial fertilizers, and no genetically modified organisms (GMOs),” says Atthowe. “Unlike organic farming, veganic farming does not use animal manure, animal bodies or animal parts (such as fertilizers made from bone meal, blood meal, feather meal or liquefied fish bodies).” In essence, veganic farms are complex systems where native animals, birds and insects are not driven away, but are welcome to co-habitate’. SOURCE…

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